Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What I Do with My Direct Sales Business During Summer

Summer is no doubt the hardest time to work on your direct sales/home-based business. Especially if you have kids at home like I do. The main reason why I love having a home-based business is that I can hang out with my kids especially during summer when they're off from school.

Summer is a busy time for families: from summer sports, camps, to vacations, it's not easy squeezing in selling and growing a direct selling business when there are other things on your agenda. Case in point: I'm writing about it now which is nearly mid-August when this post should have been written before summer started, oh maybe June?!

With that, here are some ways I put in the time and grow my business (with what's left of summer :)) ...

Having an online presence i.e. my blogs is a huge asset. I'm able to write one article and it gets viewed over and over. Doing the work once and it keeps on paying off in the form of leads to grow my home-based business. Blogging isn't a big secret and if you look at top income earners in direct sales/network marketing, they all have blogs. If you're new, it takes time but it's something you can do and good to start during the slower summer months. The key is to get started.

Another on my to-do list is to update my online profiles or create new ones. There's always something new I want to work on when it comes to social media. It's a matter of picking a few and sticking with them until you've established some following and see what garnishes the best return for your time. There's a whole social media world to grow your business outside of Facebook.

Starting a new blog or write more articles for an existing blog that has been neglected like I'm doing with my Simply Pure Natural blog. The goal of Simply Pure Natural is slightly different than this blog and gives me another platform to share valuable tips while growing my base.

You could follow up on old leads or clean up your business in preparation for fall when the kids go back to school. In many places it's around mid August.

No matter what you're doing, whether actively selling through vendor events this summer, or passively growing your business online, do a few things a week, preferably at least one thing a day. And no matter where you are, with smartphones, it's effortless to stay connected and always be available should you get a lead that comes through via email or a phone call. I never feel out of my business because I'm always in touch through my iphone and it's the one thing I rely on wherever I am to continue building my business.

Best,

Janette

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Joining for the Starter Kit Products in Direct Sales

If you're a personal care product junkie like me you can't help but get excited when you come across skin care, bath and body products. Even products that I wouldn't use because of certain harmful ingredients, I'm still drawn to the packaging or what other companies are offering.

Periodically, I come across competitors that offer discounted start up kits which is Stempting to sign up for the kit value alone. Even if there isn't a sale on the business kits, most of the starter kits are such great value.

First, if I'm signing up just for the products in the starter kit without any intentions to sell or build a business I think it's fair to let the person I'm signing up with know upfront. Most don't seem to mind because they're hoping you'll end up building the business or at least being a loyal customer.

Sometimes people sign up because they're slightly intrigued by the company and that leaves a door open for possibly building a business. Since direct sales is a number business some will join for the product discount and end up building a business and some won't.

For $99 starter kits with most direct sales/party plan companies it's often worth the price because you're getting a lot of products. It also gives you an opportunity to test the company out especially if the company does not require monthly sales, auto-ship, or website fees so there's nothing to lose.

There are quite a few companies that offer free replicated websites so you're not spending anything above the starter kit. It's a great value because you'd spend more on the products individually if you were buying them at retail. You also get a discount as a consultant ranging anywhere between 20-30% off retail.

For uplines/leaders

The downside of people signing up for the kit value without doing the business is that you're earning less as a business builder compared to selling the products at retail. Most companies offer around 5% team commission however if you were selling the products at retail, you could earn between 20-30% profit.

The upside is that anytime someone buys a kit, even if they're signing up for the products or shop "wholesale" as it's known in the industry, a team leader could end up gaining a new business builder. Sometimes people end up falling in love with the products, company, people, and end up being a business builder.

Since direct sales/party plan is a number business you never know when someone decides to turn a hobby into a full blown business. The flip side is also true that most won't do anything with the business.

What do you think about people signing up just for the kit value?

Best,

Janette